A 28-year-old Nanaimo man died after being struck by a car driven by a Parksville man on Highway 19 Friday at approximately 3:30 a.m., police confirmed.
According to a news release issued by Nanaimo RCMP, the victim was attempting to cross the highway just north of Woodgrove Mall when he was hit by an older model Nissan Sentra driven by a 30-year-old Parksville man.
The Parksville driver and his female passenger stayed at the scene attempting emergency first aid until police arrived, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The release said the victim was wearing “dark non-reflective clothing.”
Police said alcohol and speed are not considered to be contributing factors in the collision.
No other vehicles were involved.
The Nissan Sentra was towed and will undergo mechanical inspection.
Both northbound lanes on Highway 19 and Highway 19A were closed after the collision and traffic was rerouted through Lantzville Friday.
Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson Const. Gary O’Brian said victims services are assisting the Parksville driver and passenger.
“They’re fairly traumatized by this incident,” O’Brian said.
— With files from Nanaimo News Bulletin/ Nanaimo RCMP